• Bishop Keith Butler

Overflowing Comfort

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. (2 Corinthians 1:3-6)

In my many years of ministry, I have had hundreds of people come to me outlining various problems in their lives. They wondered what they might have done wrong to open the door for their issues. Sometimes disobedience makes a way for problems, but sometimes they come as a result of the fall. We live in an imperfect world that sometimes puts us in uncomfortable circumstances. Whether we like it or not, we will not always be comfortable as Christians. If God intended us to live perfectly comfortable lives, there would be no reason for Him to send us a Comforter.

Living a life of full dependence on God is never going to feel comfortable to our flesh. Jesus promised believers that trouble would be a part of living in this world. Therefore, we shouldn’t be surprised when trouble shows up, but it should not deter us either.

Paul told the church in Corinth that God is the God of all comfort. In other words, you don’t need any other comforter but Him. It’s good to have fellow believers to speak to in your life and help you during tribulations, but God promised that He would give you all the comfort that you need. In fact, Paul wrote that God would comfort you so much that His comfort would overflow from you and toward others who are going through tribulation as well.

Practical Application – Are you going through a difficult season right now? Accept God’s comfort and find someone else to minister to.

John 16:33; Romans 5:3



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